Minecraft's Creator Says Piracy, Theft Aren't the Same

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Generally, those who create monster indie game hits don't follow up by spouting, well, corporate attitudes about their games when in public. So the fact Markus "Notch" Persson has a more liberal view of the piracy issue isn't that surprising. But he does have strong words for it.

"Piracy is not theft," he told the Indie Games Summit at GDC yesterday, according to Edge. "If you steal a car, the original is lost. If you copy a game, there are simply more of them in the world."

How to combat piracy? ""Make a game last longer than a week," Persson said. "You can't pirate an online account."

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"Is a bad review a lost sale? What about a missed ship date?" he asked. Food for thought.

GDC 2011: Piracy Is Not Theft, Says Minecraft Creator [Edge]

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Piracy is a theft equivalent to walking into a theater without paying. Or not paying a baby-sitter. Or a dentist.

Not sure why the lack of a physical object makes this some strange new world to people.